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In yet another brazen display of political posturing from the “most transparent administration in history,” the Obama White House is refusing to release final Healthcare.gov insurance premiums until after the November 4th midterm elections.
In other words, if you like your premium, you might not be able to keep it – but the government isn’t going to tell you until after the election.
Premiums will be finalized on November 3rd – the day before the election – but not released on the website until closer to November 15th when the next open enrollment period begins. How convenient for the White House.
A report t the link below says there are companies that could start producing Ebola vaccine/treatments tomorrow — except that the Food and Drug Administration’s insistence on randomized studies and endless demands for more data means firms have to spend millions on paperwork instead of producing medicines.
And for every small company drained by such tactics, many others conclude it’s not even worth trying.
Nobel Laureate microbiologist Joshua Lederberg noted, “The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is a virus.” The second biggest threat: a federal culture that rewards the delay of medical progress.
Ultimately, Congress must change the FDA’s mission and bureaucratic culture. Reviewers shouldn’t be allowed to use science to keep new technologies from doctors and patients.
We must force the FDA to focus on accelerating innovation and stop “protecting” us to death.
Yesterday it was reported that a second Texas nurse, named Amber Vinson, contracted Ebola after treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan before his death at a Dallas hospital.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden
It was also reported that Vinson got on an airplane from Dallas to Cleveland and back knowing she had been exposed to Ebola and also knowing her co-worker was in the hospital fighting the deadly and highly contagious disease. She also had a fever.
But now, we're learning the incompetence and negligence surrounding the situation is even worse.
Vinson told the CDC about her fever, asked them if it was okay for her to fly and CDC officials told her yes.
Remember, according to the CDC Ebola is contagious when a person is showing symptoms of the disease. A fever is one of those symptoms.
Yesterday the CDC asked passengers who were on the same Frontier Airlines flight as Vinson to call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
There had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S. until a few months ago. Since then, thousands of people have died of the disease in Africa, and millions upon millions of dollars have been spent treating Ebola patients in the U.S. who acquired it there, one of whom has died.
But the Obama administration refuses to impose a travel ban.
This summer, the U.S. government imposed a travel ban on Israel simply to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu into accepting a ceasefire agreement. But we can't put a travel restriction on countries where a contagious disease is raging.
Last month Barack Obama assured the country it was very unlikely that any American stateside would become infected with the deadly Ebola virus that's killed thousands in West Africa.
On Sept. 30, Dr. Tom Frieden (pictured), head of the Centers for Disease Control, assured Americans, "I have no doubt that we will stop it in its tracks in the U.S.” You know, the sophisticated nationwide healthcare system that we've all taken for granted until congressional meddling began four years ago.
Here’s what happened after that:
The first foreign carrier of Ebola to enter the country died despite all that sophisticated care.
Then a Dallas nurse who cared for him is infected, the first in-country American, despite all the sure-fire sophisticated preventive measures Frieden and others expressed such confidence in.
Now comes an ABC News/Washington Post Poll confirming that nearly two-thirds of Americans already fear a wider Ebola outbreak and about the same proportion don't think the feds are doing enough.
It will take more than a President pre-occupied with fundraising and a head of the Centers for Disease Control saying he has no doubt that we will stop Ebola in its tracks in the U.S.